News came out this week that Dell is reportedly looking to either spinoff or fully subsume VMware. This comes out of financial pressure the infrastructure giant is feeling, essentially having its remaining businesses seen as undervalued. What would be the impact for Dell in either scenario? Rich Stroffolino discusses which is more likely, and what the implications would be for the IT world.
Bob Plankers writing for The Virtualization Practice comments: Dell and Nutanix have jointly announced the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, a Dell hardware solution running Nutanix hyperconverged software, as an open-ended partnership. Available in October, the XC Series will function similarly to Nutanix’s current proprietary hardware, except that it will be based on […]
Justin Warraen from eigenmagic comments: It’s been a bit over a week since Dell Enterprise Forum Australia, and I’ve now had some time to process everything I learned. In short, Dell needs to reset and start again. Some good points here about Dell from Justin. They are in the unenviable position of being universally tolerated. […]
Mattias Sundling from Dell Software writes about TFD9: TFD is an event where different vendors are invited to meet with a group of bloggers to give them a technical presentation and demo products, nobuzzwords allowed! This was a great opportunity for us to meet with a group of individuals from all over the world with […]
Justin Warren from eigenmagic writes: I have a lot of experience with performance and capacity management. Some years ago, a colleague and I got fed up with the failings of enterprise tools like Concord eHealth, and also the limitations of low-end tools like MRTG. We wanted something that was easy to use like MRTG, but […]
So Dell has introduced ARM servers for hyperscale/cloud applications. This is very, very interesting, but also quite puzzling. Will they sell these to “regular” customers? And who would buy them?
The virtualization space seems a little light on technical content lately. There are plenty of event announcements and white paper or webinar promotions, but few posts on, you know, how stuff works. Here’s the incomparable Gabrie Van Zanten to change that, with a deep look at iSCSI configuration in VMware. It’s good to see that not everyone has been swallowed up in the lead-generation hype machine!
In the server space, one of the biggest shifts was the form factor of the servers: From tower to rack-mount to blades. But what makes a blade server anyway? Let’s consider this for a moment, as we watch another shift in progress.
HP stumbled mightily in 2011, and it had nothing to do with product or people. Even sales remained strong, though the PC business is changing. HP’s mighty stumble was a crisis of confidence due to a chain of shenanigans at the very top. This culminated with the short reign of LÃ©o Apotheker, leaving HP to reassure the market of its strategy.
For a massive IT company, Dell sure doesn’t get the kind of respect given their competitors. Time and again, I’ll hear the sneers about Dell being little more than a â€œbox shifterâ€ who doesn’t â€œgetâ€ real enterprise IT needs. After a series of acquisitions in storage and networking, Dell is trying to stake a claim as a serious competitor to HP, IBM, Oracle, and the like. But why should anyone take Dell seriously, especially in enterprise storage?